A WOMAN who suffers with endometriosis claims a nurse told her she was “bed blocking” and should go home.

Clare Covell from Laindon, who was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2016, had been back and forth to Basildon Hospital since February, but still feels no progress has been made to treat her for the debilitating condition.

Endometriosis sees tissue similar to the lining of the womb, start to grow in other places, such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes. It can cause excruciating lower abdomen pain, and can cause infertility.

Clare was admitted to Basildon hospital in February after experiencing pain in her lower abdomen, nausea and vomiting and claims she was left without any pain relief for several hours.

She said: “Around 4 am I was eventually put in a side room near to accident and emergency with no pillow, and I stayed there until 9pm the next night.

“After a scan I was told they couldn’t see anything wrong with me and they sent me home. I was still in agony and just discharged with oramorph.”

After a few days, Clare was still in pain so went to her GP who advised her to go back to hospital.

Clare was sent home again with oramorph after a matters of hours. Oramorph is morphine, used to treat severe pain.

On March 3, Clare went to a gynaecology appointment who arranged for her to be re-admitted to hospital.

Clare was admitted that day but wasn’t seen to until March 8. Clare’s sister, Tatum, said: “I called PALS 16 times to make a complaint and nobody answered, so I emailed, and someone got back to me the following day and said they were sending someone down to speak to my sister.

“My sister then called me back up in tears saying a matron had made her cry and told that she is a bed blocker. She was scared of going home feeling no different to when she came in.

“I live in Suffolk and am limited to when I can get down.

“My sister feels so upset and alone. The way she has been treated is totally appalling.”

A spokesman for Basildon Hospital, said: “Although we are unable to comment on individual cases, we can confirm that we have received a complaint, which is being investigated via our Trust’s complaints process.

“Providing our patients with the an excellent service and standard of care is our priority. We are more than happy to speak to any patient who has a concern about the care they have received.”